Barack Obama lashed out at Israel this week in an interview on CNN.
The unpopular president said Israeli interference on US affairs is unprecedented.
The Times of Israel reported:
US President Barack Obama said Israeli interference in internal US affairs ahead of a Congressional vote on the Iranian nuclear deal was unprecedented.
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In an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, an excerpt of which was published Saturday ahead of the full interview Sunday, Obama was asked if he thought it was “appropriate of a foreign head of government to inject himself into an American affair.”
The president responded that he would let Zakaria “ask Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu that question if he gives you an interview,” before adding: “I don’t recall a similar example.”
In another excerpt, Obama said Netanyahu is flat wrong in asserting the deal won’t thwart Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions. “On the substance, the prime minister is wrong on this,” said Obama. “I can show that the basic assumptions he’s made on this are incorrect.” In fact, said the president, the deal is “very good for Israel.”
Israel has been a vociferous opponent of the deal, with Netanyahu arguing that it was a “historic mistake” that leaves Iran a nuclear threshold state. The pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), is also vehemently opposed to the deal and last month kicked off a major lobbying push against the accord, flying hundreds of activists from around the country into Washington to press Congress members to oppose it.